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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With nearly 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
 

 

 

Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
April 1, 2015
Acciona
Cat Spec Ltd
Checkers, Inc.
Crop Production Services
Fort Berthold Community College
Mammoet USA South, Inc.
MCM General Contractors
Minot Automotive Center
PEAK Elevator Performance Group
Puklich Chevrolet, Inc.
Purity Oilfield Services
Randy Merritt Consulting
Rustad's Gravel, LLC
Sellin Brothers, Inc
Sentry Crane Services
Shilo Jasso
Singleton Industrial Fabricators
Strobel Starostka Transfer, LLC
Tutle and Tutle Trucking
Viking Builders, Inc.
Weed Busters
Zueger, Chad
 
Renewing Members as of 
April 1, 2015
American Machine & Engineering
Aspen Environmental Services
Pinky's Aggregates, Inc.
 



Flagger Training

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Download your free resources today!

April 16, 2015 - Traffic crashes are the leading cause of workplace death. With 1 in 4 crashes estimated to involve cell phone use, we need to be concerned. Join the North Dakota Safety Council in educating your workers on the risks of cell phone use while driving. Download these free materials and help us spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving:

Then, encourage all employees to take the Focused Driver Challenge at www.nsc.org/pledge.

Special Event for Parents of Teen Drivers!
Find out what you need to know before your teen starts to drive. Dare to Prepare is a 60-minute presentation with a goal to promote safer teen driving while expanding parental involvement in the process of learning to drive. Click here for more information on this special event taking place in Fargo.

Members! Be sure to check out additional member-exclusive downloads on the NDSC Members Only Website. Free downloads include company case studies, a distracted driving PowerPoint presentation, and more!

Forgot your password? Call (701) 223-6372 or email kristinw@ndsc.org.

 



OSHA Updates Guidance on Preventing Workplace Violence in Health Care, Social Services

April 13, 2015 -
In 2013, workers suffered more than 25,000 occupational assault injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of these injuries occurred in the health care and social services industries. April is National Workplace Violence Prevention Month, and OSHA hopes to raise awareness by releasing updated guidance for these industries.
 
The updated guidance includes best practices on reducing the risk of violence. OSHA recommends creating a written violence prevention program that includes:
  • Management commitment and worker participation, perhaps as part of a safety committee that hosts regular meetings
  • Worksite analysis and hazard identification, which could include employee surveys
  • Hazard prevention and control, such as transferring patients with a history of violent behavior to a more secure facility
  • Safety and health training on topics such as managing assaultive behavior

The NDSC recommends being proactive in preventing, and preparing to respond to, workplace violence. Their workplace violence experts can provide a 4- or 6-hour Self Protection & Predator Awareness course that includes hands-on training. They also offer Workplace Violence Prevention & Planning courses, along with Building Threat Assessments. To learn more, contact Peter Pomonis, NDSC Home & Community Coordinator, at (701) 223-6372 or PeterP@ndsc.org.


2014 FRA Statistics Reveal Continued Increase In
Vehicle- and Pedestrian-Train Incidents in North Dakota

March 30, 2015 - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released preliminary 2014 rail safety statistics revealing a continued increase in vehicle- and pedestrian-train incidents in North Dakota.

According to the FRA, vehicle-train collisions in North Dakota increased to 28 in 2014, compared to 27 the year prior. They reported four people were killed in these crashes, and an additional five people were injured. Incidents involving persons trespassing on railroad tracks and property also slightly increased in 2014 with two deaths and four injuries, compared to two deaths and two injuries in 2013.

Mountrail County had the highest number of highway-rail incidents with six, followed by Ward County with five, Cass County with three, and Williams County with three.

"Educating a distracted public in order to reduce vehicle- and pedestrian-train incidents continues to be a challenge," says North Dakota Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Peter Pomonis. "These statistics reiterate the importance of our message."

North Dakota Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to putting a stop to these injuries and fatalities through public education. Their statewide volunteer network offers free rail safety presentations for all ages and occupations, including school bus drivers, drivers' education classes and professional drivers. Any organization or community group can request free presentations from NDOL by contacting the State Coordinator at (800) 932-8890 or PeterP@ndsc.org.

For an 8-year overview of rail safety statistics in North Dakota, go to www.ndsc.org/OperationLifesaver/statistics

Source: Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety; preliminary 2013 and 2014 statistics


Spring/Trauma Season Has Arrived!
Tips for parents and community members to keep kids safe and out of the ER

March 23, 2015 - As the warmer weather slowly reacquaints itself with North Dakota, there’s more opportunity for children to burn off steam outside. Most parents and daycare providers know this means better appetites at dinner, better naps in the afternoon, and a better night sleep for everyone!

Unfortunately, pediatric experts equate warmer weather with something a lot less desirable. They call it, “Trauma Season.” Safe Kids Worldwide says summer season represents millions of ER visits by children 14 and younger due to unintentional injuries, some resulting in death.

Luckily we can all help prevent injuries this spring and summer by setting a good example and encouraging safe habits. For simple tips to help improve child safety in your community, click here.

Want more information? Subscribe to our blog, or contact our Home & Community Coordinator, Peter Pomonis, at 701-223-6372 or
PeterP@ndsc.org.



Cedric Theel Toyota Provides New Vehicles
to the North Dakota Safety Council

March 4, 2015 - In a commitment to community safety, Cedric Theel Toyota has provided three vehicles to the NDSC as a way to help them fulfill their mission of preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.

“We met with the NDSC, heard their story and simply wanted to do our part to improve safety for the citizens of North Dakota. We’ve all heard the news reports and seen the headlines regarding vehicle crashes and occupational fatalities across the state. The best way we can help is by providing vehicles so the NDSC can do its job,” says Justin Theel, owner of Cedric Theel Toyota.

136 people were killed in traffic crashes on our roadways* in 2014, and 55 North Dakota workers were killed on the job in 2013.** With an increased need for safety training across the state, three vehicles from Cedric Theel Toyota will help the NDSC keep training prices low while delivering life-saving safety training. With more than 1,000 members in the industries of construction, oil & gas, utilities, mining and transportation, travel is a daily necessity.

“Additional vehicles will help us execute our mission. The more people we reach, the more lives we save,” says Chuck Clairmont, executive director of the NDSC.

For more information please contact Lynae Hanson, assistant executive director of the North Dakota Safety Council at (701) 751-6102 or lynaeh@ndsc.org.

*North Dakota Highway Patrol, http://www.nd.gov/ndhp/safety-and-education
**Latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013)


Are You Receiving Our Email Updates?

The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS TO UNBLOCK INCOMING NDSC EMAILS.

If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up, please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates, NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.

To sign up, simply email serenas@ndsc.org and let us know what information you are interested in receiving.


News You Can Use

 

Take the Focused Driver Challenge
April 13, 2015 - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 

Bleach may increase children's risk of infection: study
April 13, 2015 - Children who live in homes where bleach is regularly used for cleaning may have a higher risk of infection, findings from a new European study suggest.

NTSB issues oil-by-rail recommendations
April 13, 2015 - The National Transportation Safety Board has issued four urgent recommendations in the wake of several fiery derailments involving rail cars carrying crude oil and other flammable liquids.

Lawmakers look to push back deadline for Positive Train Control
April 13, 2015 - The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved a markup bill (S. 650) that would delay, by five years, a requirement for railroads to implement Positive Train Control.

NIOSH launches webpage on green construction
April 13, 2015 - NIOSH has created a webpage to offer information about "green construction."

OSHA publishes whistleblower resources in Spanish
April 13, 2015 - Two of OSHA's resources on whistleblower protections are now available in Spanish.

Most Americans don't slow down for garbage trucks: survey
April 13, 2015 - A recent survey from the National Waste & Recycling Association revealed that two-thirds of drivers do not slow down around garbage trucks, and almost 4 out of 10 drivers admit they feel tempted to speed past the vehicles.

OSHA updates guidance on preventing workplace violence in health care, social services
April 13, 2015 - April is National Workplace Violence Prevention Month, and OSHA hopes to raise awareness by releasing updated guidance for health care and social service workers.

Advocacy groups release database of State Plan regs
April 6, 2015 - A new database represents the first comprehensive collection of all unique state occupational safety and health rules and laws.

CSB releases safety video on ammonia release
April 6, 2015 - The Chemical Safety Board has produced a seven-minute video to help employers prevent potentially deadly anhydrous ammonia incidents.

 

Click here for full stories on the NDSC's news page.

 


 

The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.